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University Museum of Natural History

Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
44-1865-272950
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Ranked #5 of 100 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Owner description: Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features collections of zoological, entomological and mineral specimens that have been... more » Owner description: Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features collections of zoological, entomological and mineral specimens that have been collected over the last three centuries. « less
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We were advised by a friend to visit this museum on our day trip to Oxford- it did not disappoint. We visited with three children (9, 6 and 2). The 9 yr old thought it was good. He was interested in the dodo but was disappointed that the skeleton had been removed for cleaning. The 6 yr old thought it... More

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Wigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this and the fact that kids can touch certain exhibits makes it all the more interesting for them. We actually spent more time here than we would have imagined prior, all of the exhibits are quite interesting and whilst interactive for the kids has gone information that will keep adults engaged also.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I knew this would be good, but I was extremely impressed with the way the exhibits were laid out. A very modern approach to what could have been a boring environment for some. Instead it was bright and airy, almost like an art gallery, and stuffed full of exhibits and information. I would recommend this to anyone travelling to Oxford.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Lots to see, and combined with Pitt Rivers is a great visit. Lots of exhibits, including dinosaurs, fossils, a dodo.

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Evesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It's got so much in it but at a scale that isn't daunting. You could spend a whole day here and see only half of the things on show. It's got the lot from rocks and minerals to animals and fossils. Be prepared to discover lots of new things.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The University Museum of Natural History is situated within a beautiful building housing a magnificent collection of artefacts spanning the whole of the geological time-scale! Free entry and very child-friendly, makes visiting this museum a worthwhile and unforgettable experience (especially on a rainy day!). Definitely to be recommended when visiting Oxford!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We came across this gem by accident having just wondered around Oxford. There is something here for everyone, plenty of fascinating things to see and learn about. I would recommend this museum regardless of your age, it's a fun day out!

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Long Compton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Fantastic museum,so much to see and do.I took my 9 year old granddaughter,who loved it from the foot prints outside to bee hive inside,past stuffed birds,minerals,ammonites,the skeletons of large creatures, T rex,and so much more,so much to see will have to go back again and again.we had a wonderful lunch in the gallery,the kids dinosaur lunch box was just right... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A great museum for younger children; less busy and much more manageable then the Natural History Museum in London which can be overwhelming in terms of size, number of exhibits and volume of visitors. The frequency of activities for children is always good as it gives them a chance to do something rather then just listen, look and read. My... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

For a free museum, there is a lot to see. There are recreations of dinosaur skeletons and also live cockroaches. Allow at least a half-day to have a good look around the exhibits. You’re allowed to touch some of them, such as the stuffed donkey. There was a viewing booth for the rocks that glow in the dark, excellent. With... More

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